Ibanez GSR205SMCNB GIO - Spalted Maple Top Charcoal Brown Burst

5-string Electric Bass with Mahogany Body, Spalted Maple Top, Maple Neck, and Active Pickups - Charcoal Brown Burst
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Affordability, Playability, and Looks!

The Ibanez GSR205SM 5-string bass gives you stunning looks, fat, punchy tone, and amazing playability. An affordable member of Ibanez's famed Sound Gear series, the GSR205SM sports a compact mahogany body with a gorgeous spalted maple top, and a slim neck profile that gives you impressive playing comfort and speed. The active Phat II bass boost adds additional girth to your sound. Keep the band grooving all night long with the Ibanez GSR205SM Bass.

Ibanez GSR205SM 5-string Electric Bass Features at a Glance:
  • Compact, contoured body and slim neck profile give you amazing playing comfort and speed
  • Mahogany body with spalted maple top; maple neck with rosewood fingerboard
  • DXH-5N neck and DXH-5B bridge pickups serve up classic fat, punchy tone
  • B10 bridge gives you impressive sustain
  • Phat II EQ with active bass boost
The Ibanez GSR205SM Bass: affordable Soundgear pro comfort and playability!

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Tech Specs

Body Shape SR
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 5
Color Charcoal Brown Burst
Body Material Mahogany with spalted maple top
Body Finish Urethane
Neck Material Maple, Bolt-on
Neck Shape GSR4
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 12" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 22, Medium
Scale Length 34"
Nut Width 1.77"
Bridge/Tailpiece B10
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup DXH-5N
Bridge Pickup DXH-5B
Controls EQ, Volume, Tone, Volume
Strings (.045-.130)
Manufacturer Part Number GSR205SMCNB

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
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5/5

Nice Bass

I am very happy with this bass since it arrived. I have played and recorded with it heavily for 6 weeks and I am very happy with it overall. The setup was spot on perfect when I received it and was much more than I expected for the price that I paid. It's an absolutely beautiful finish and I get compliments on it all the time. Really punchy and sounds good for pretty much anything from funk, jazz, or metal.
Music background: Professional
4.5/5

Excellent bass, with beautiful maple top, especially for the price

I just got this bass this morning, but didn't have time to take it out of the box until late afternoon; it was exquisite torture, waiting...anyway, it's much lighter than I expected. Having had 4 (count'em) back surgeries, weight was a real concern. But it's fairly light, and put together really well, and looks great with the book-matched top wood. As always, the packing was more than adequate. The Ibanez case for this bass was out of stock, so I got a Gator GL Bass semi-rigid gig bag, & the GSR205 fits well, although the A-string tuner barely touches the padding; but I always tune up every time I pick up any guitar, so that's not a problem; it was about the cost of a set of strings less than the Ibanez case... After a few very minor adjustments, it plays & sounds nice. The neck is really fast; thin, but substantial enough to get a good grip on it. It has a good balance & contour; I've acquired a bit of a gut, so the belly scarf is in just the right place for me. I know there are better instruments available, but anyone would be hard-pressed to find a bass that plays & looks as nice as this one does for anywhere near the price. It's just what I was looking for. Once again, Sweetwater came through with a great deal. Jimmy Hart has always gone above & beyond, and the guys in Shipping sweetened the deal with some extra of my favorites (Atomic Fireballs). Thanks, guys; after these sweets, I gotta have some water...heheheh
Music background: long-time amateur/hobbyist
4/5

IBANEZ GSR205SM

This is a nice looking bass with the classic fast action neck that ibanez is known for. Also has a real punchy low end sound with that that extra string. Overall very happy with the instrument and for the price it can't be beat. The only drawback on this bass is that it doesn't hold the tuning down as much as i'd like but again, well worth the money. Another great job from Sweetwater and particularly, ed nystrom.
See also: Ibanez, Ibanez 5-string Bass Guitars